MICHIGAN

League of Women Voters Challenge Michigan Congressional Map

The lawsuit claims partisan gerrymandering has disenfranchised voters.

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Ally Mutnick
Jan. 2, 2018, 11:03 a.m.

“The Michigan League of Women Voters and a group of Democrats filed a lawsuit” last month “in federal court in Detroit, alleging Michigan’s congressional and state electoral districts are unlawfully gerrymandered. … Severe partisan gerrymandering in Michigan violates federal constitutional rights to free speech and equal protection under the law, the suit alleges. It singles out ‘Michigan Democrats based on their political affiliation, and intentionally places them in voting districts that reduce or eliminate the power of their votes.’ If successful, the suit could change the way congressional and state legislative lines are drawn in 2021, using data from the 2020 census. It calls on the court to strike down current Michigan redistricting laws and draw up new election maps if a constitutional redistricting plan is not put in place.” (Detroit Free Press)

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